Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake to be made attractive like Hatirjhe...

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Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake to be made attractive like Hatirjheel

 Saiduzzaman Khan

 Published: 06:57 PM, 30 October 2020   Updated: 07:05 PM, 30 October 2020

Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara Lake to be made attractive

Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara Lake to be made attractive

The government has decided to develop Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake attractive like Hatirjheel, the only scenic lake in the capital. If the project is implemented, the lake will get an aesthetic look like Hatirjheel. The development work will be implemented under the ‘Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake Development’ project.

It is learned that under the project, various scenic installations including bridges and walkways will be constructed. Nine scenic bridges will be constructed in Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Badda, Shahjadpur, and Niketan areas. The length of each bridge will be 100 feet. The Planning Commission will soon hold a meeting with the Project Evaluation Committee (PEC) on the project. This information has been known from the working paper of PEC meeting.

According to RAJUK sources, the original development project proposal (DPP) was to be implemented from July 2010 to June 2013. The cost of the project was estimated at Tk 410 crore 25 lakh. The duration of the project is being extended till 2022 in this revised DPP. However, in the new plan, instead of 8.42 acres, 80.10 acres of land will be acquired. Two thousand crore takas will be spent on land acquisition from the total cost of the project. Steps are also being taken so that no one can claim the land on the shores of the lake as their own.

In the revised proposal, the total cost of the project has been fixed at Tk 4,886.11 crore. Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake will be built like of Hatirjheel. That is why the time and cost are increasing, said the concerned.

In this regard, Debottam Sanyal, Senior Assistant Head, Physical Infrastructure Division, Planning Commission, told Daily Bangladesh, "We have prepared the project for PEC meeting after scrutiny." A PEC meeting on the project will be held on November 4.

The concerned people said that the beauty of Dhaka city will be enhanced by rescuing Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara lake from illegal occupation near the Hatirjheel project, restoring the water holding capacity of the lake and protecting the quality of water. The environment of the lake will be improved through various recreational activities. 

Under the project, aesthetic bridges like Hatirjheel and four overpasses will be constructed at 9 places of Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake. Apart from constructing one bridge between Gulshan and Badda and another from Gulshan-2 to Baridhara, the existing bridge at Niketan will be demolished to make way for a bigger bridge. Besides, one bridge will be constructed at Jhilpar in Shahjadpur, one at Banani to Gulshan-2, one near Gulshan-1, one from Police Plaza to Niketan and one from Banani to Gulshan-2.

Under the project, 24,622.16 meters running meter walkway, 2,26,798 meter walkway and 11,064-meter driveway will be constructed. On the other hand, 1500 running meters of arrow conservation, 69,061 square meters of turfing, and 2460 meters of drainage line will be constructed. A park of 2.10 acres, 2,000 meters of walls, 22,118 running meters of RCC pipes will be installed and consulting services will be provided. 

Around the lake, there will be 24,622.18 running meters for ordinary people to walk. Besides, three flyovers will be constructed as required under the project. The implementation of the project will also bring about a major change in traffic management in Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara and Badda areas. New work has been added to the project. As a result, the cost and time of the project are increasing, said RAJUK.

According to RAJUK sources, the project includes removal of 12 lakh 60 thousand 817 cubic meters of sludge, construction of 5,385 running meters of grade separator, 5,607 running meters of road, 1,500 meters of RCC pipe for household sewer, 2,000 running meters of the drain, electrification, 260 intersection pits, 2.10-acre park, rehabilitation work of Karail slum dwellers have been newly added. In addition, 11,626 running meters of arrow conservation, 2,000 running meters of RCC pipes for rainwater removal, 260 running meters of foot over bridges, lake water cleaning, private security, bicycle lanes, exercise yard, skating zone, observation tower and lakeside seating will be made.